Town of Westport to turn commercial land into public open space

The town of Westport, located on the north shore of Lake Mendota in Dane County, has purchased a parcel of land zoned for commercial use and designated it as a public space for preservation and wildlife conservation, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal.

The land, which was once intended as the site of a Bagels Forever bakery, features a mix of grassland, wetlands, and oak woods covering 105 acres to the north of Highway M between the town hall and soccer fields and the Six Mile Creek State Fishery Area.

The town agreed to a conservation easement that ensures the land can never be developed. Once added to the town park system, it will provide additional space for organized recreation as well as wildlife conservation, in addition to reducing stormwater runoff, helping to improve water quality in Lake Mendota.